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Gantz’s Political Party Was Last Year’s Largest. Now It’s the Walking Dead

There is no scenario under which the former military chief, now exhausted and discredited, can credibly lead his party into another election

Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer
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Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer

Kahol Lavan’s ministers and legislators are all busy updating their CVs. At this point, none of them have any illusions left that the party can come back in a future election.

Just two years ago, they had eagerly joined Benny Gantz’s new centrist political movement. A year ago, they were members of the largest party in the Knesset, on the cusp of government. Now they’re either summing up their short period in politics or quietly trying to secure a spot on the ticket of another party – whether in Gideon Sa’ar’s New Hope, or with their former partners until eight months ago in Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid, or even with Likud, which they not so long ago promised to topple from power. 

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